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LETTERS TO THE WEBMASTER
(1) Patty from Michigan asks: "Why are my child’s IQ scores dropping?"
(2) Resources About Language Problems
(3) Links to Information About the "Matthew Effect"
(4) Janet from Maine writes: "My daughter’s IEP team insists on including her IQ scores – but they refuse to include results from the most recent testing. What does the law say about IQ test scores in the IEP?"
(1) "WHY ARE MY CHILD’S IQ SCORES
James was found eligible for special
education in 3rd grade. After three years of special
education, he was re-tested. According to the new testing, his IQ
dropped from 127 to xx. Two years later, James was re-tested again
– his IQ had dropped even further – to xxx.
(2) RESOURCES ABOUT LANGUAGE PROBLEMS
Several books in the Advocate’s Bookstore focus on childhood language problems:
Childhood Speech, Language, and Listening Problems: What Every Parent Should Know by Patricia McAleer Hamaguchi.
Words Fail Me: How Language Works and What Happens When It Doesn't. In Words Fail Me, Priscilla Vail explores the links between reading, writing, listening and speaking, how these skills are learned, and what happens in the process breaks down.
(3) LINK TO INFORMATION ABOUT THE "MATTHEW EFFECT"
We forwarded Pat’s question to Dr. Margaret Kay, psychologist from Pennsylvania.
(4) IQ SCORES IN THE IEP
Jan from Maine writes: Our daughter, Sandra, is an 11th grade student with speech language processing problems. She is 17 years old and we are working on her 15th IEP!
This year, the IEP team is including the results of a WISC-III that was done in 1996. This is the first time that IQ scores have been included on her IEP. I questioned the need to include these scores on the IEP and have an article which states that the child’s IQ scores should not be included on the IEP. My daughter’s IEP team insists.
I have some concerns. First, the results of the 1996 WISC-III differ greatly from prior evaluations. Her Verbal, Performance and Full Scale IQ scores declined dramatically. Two months ago (in August 1998), we had an independent evaluation done. The results of the August 1998 evaluation are more in line with prior testing. Because the IEP team insists that IQ test results must be included in the IEP, we asked that the results of the 1998 evaluation be cited.
The IEP team is questioning the private evaluator's findings. They are unwilling to record the 1998 evaluation results as most current. The did agree to include some written information from the private evaluator’s report because they feel it is "interesting."
I have scoured your site but am unable to find any information about
IQ test results on an IEP. HELP!
We are concerned that if the IQ test results (Verbal, Performance & Full Scale IQ scores, none of the sub-test scores) are included on the IEP, those working with Sandra will have lower expectations and she will be treated as a 'slow learner'.
P.S. Your 'site' is fantastic. I can't believe I just 'hit' on it yesterday. THANK YOU!
ANSWER: Since the IEP team is refusing to include your child's most recent test scores in IEP, write the IEP team a nice polite letter. Discuss your daughter’s recent evaluation. Include the new test results if you want. Tell the IEP team that you would like them to attach your letter to your child’s IEP as a "parent amendment."
In your letter, include information that you think your daughter’s teachers should have. Did you know that Wechsler IQ scores are not a true measure of intelligence? These IQ scores are composites of several sub-test scores. The sub-tests often measure the adverse impact of the disability on the child’s achievement.
You are right to be concerned about low expectations in special education.
Many parents of high school students are concerned about their child’s transition from high school to "life after school." We have added a new book, The Complete Guide to Special Education Transition Services (by Roger Pierangelo and Rochelle Crane) to the Advocate’s Bookstore.